Altera's First FPGA Lab in India Opens at the Indian Institute of Science

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) announced today the establishment of its first FPGA/ system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) university development laboratory in India at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. The Indian Institute of Science will use the lab to conduct research in addition to giving students hands-on training on the application of FPGAs for advanced system designs. This is the first of several FPGA/SOPC digital design labs to be established in India under the Altera University Program.

In addition to providing training, the Altera University Program granted the Indian Institute of Science a variety of development kits featuring Altera's high-density, high-performance Stratix(R) FPGAs, as well as kits for embedded systems development using the Nios(R) II embedded processor. The grant also includes intellectual property (IP) cores supporting emerging interface standards, digital signal processing (DSP) functions, and controllers supporting advanced DDR2 SDRAM and QDR II SRAM memory devices. The lab will also be using the Quartus(R) II development software as well as the SOPC Builder and DSP Builder system development tools.

"This FPGA/SOPC lab will provide state-of-the-art design facilities for research and development in the area of FPGA-based embedded systems," said Prof. H.S. Jamadagni, chairman of Centre for Electronic Design and Technology (CEDT). "The lab will also be used for training academia and the industry on FPGA and SOPC technology. The Indian Institute of Science looks forward to working together with Altera and strengthening our relationship with Altera."

"Altera sees strong opportunities for growth in programmable logic in India, and is committed to working with India's strong educational system to train engineers," said Ben Lee, vice president and managing director, Altera Asia Pacific. "In the coming years, Altera will make significant contributions to advancing technical education throughout the country."

The Altera University Program has a strong commitment to education worldwide. "Our software and hardware platforms are ideal for a wide range of design courses, from entry-level logic design to advanced computing architecture. The Altera University Program is dedicated to enabling tomorrow's designers to gain valuable experience with the latest methods and technology," said Mike Phipps, Altera University Program senior manager.

About Indian Institute of Science

The Indian Institute of Science was started in 1909 through the pioneering vision of J.N. Tata. Since then, it has grown into a premier institution of research and advanced instruction, with more than 2000 active researchers working in almost all frontier areas of science and technology. The Indian Institute of Science is an institute of higher learning and is constantly in pursuit of excellence. It is one of the oldest and finest centers of its kind in India, and has a very high international standing in the academic world as well. For more details on The Indian Institute of Science, please refer to

About Altera

Altera Corporation is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property, and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to approximately 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at

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